Which pawn to capture

Round 3 at Scarborough!

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2 thoughts on “Round 3 at Scarborough!

  1. Ivan Urwin

    Which pawn to capture?

    ({9:+1.28} 18. … Qxb2 19. Qg3+ Kh8 20. Rxf8+ Bxf8 21. Qd3 Qxc2 22. Qxc2 Nxd4 23. Qf2 Bc5 24. Kd2 +/-)
    ({9:-2.45} 18. … Qxd4 19. Qf7+ Kh8 20. Qe8 Qxe5+ 21. Ne2 Qd6 22. O-O-O e5 23. Kb1 e4 -+)

    Negative numbers mean black is better!
    Qxd4 appears to be a winning move.

    As it was, you are lucky that your opponent missed Qg3+ and played Qg4+ instead.

    ({9:-4.68} 19. Qg4+ Kh8 20. Kd2 Na5 21. Rf7 Nc4+ 22. Kd3 Ng6 23. Ra2 Qc1 24. a4 -+)
    ({9:+1.04} 19. Qg3+ Kh8 20. Rxf8+ Bxf8 21. Qd3 Qxc2 22. Qxc2 Nxd4 23. Qf2 Bc5 24. Rd1 Nb3 +/-)
    The point is that Qd3 protects the bishop on c2 and knight on c3 directly, and threatens mate to protect the rook on a1.

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